01/30/2013 11:25 am ET

Why Is The Rise In ADHD Diagnosis Among Hispanic Kids Good News?

Hispanic and black children have seen a jump in their diagnosis rates for Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder – and that's a good thing.

A recent study by Kaiser Permanente found that the overall rate of ADHD diagnosis for children increased 24 percent from 2.5 percent in 2001 to 3.1 percent in 2010. Broken down for race and ethnicity, rates for Hispanic and black children increase 60 percent and 70 percent, respectively, over the 9-year period. Experts argue this is a step in the right direction because it means more children with the neurobehavioral disorder are likely to be treated.

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